Arriving later than planned, around 7am, one of the first birds I heard was a LESSER WHITETHROAT (79) it showed briefly with a BLACKCAP then disappeared towards Park Field. I thought, what a good start, there was plenty to see NUTHATCHES sung or called almost constantly, I found a TREECREEPER taking nest material to it's perfect hanging piece of bark. A LESSER REDPOLL flew over and LONG TAILED TITS had the same idea as the Treecreeper and were flying around with the odd feather in their beaks. I sporadically checked the skies for Osprey or Red Kite but to no avail, there were again, at least 5 BUZZARDS in the area and eventually I found something different when a PEREGRINE glided through. A KINGFISHER was on the bottom lake and the NIGHTINGALE again sung from it's favourite spot where a LITTLE OWL popped up for a quick look around. Only 2 SWALLOWS were seen all morning but as I watched across the valley 4 SAND MARTIN (80) flew north, they were soon followed by the welcome sound of a CUCKOO (81) calling from the bridleway. In all 55 species were seen and as ever I missed a couple of regulars from that list, later in the day a visit to Goudhurst did produce a Red Kite!!! still time for one to show up here they can be seen up to the end of May passing through. Below are a selection of pics from the last few days.
|Long Tailed Tit|